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Dear Members and Friends:
Two transit planning/advocacy announcements:

1. Symphony Station upgrades:
Please join the Green Line Transformation team for a virtual meeting on Thursday, October 21st to learn about the Symphony Station Accessibility Improvements project.This project will make Symphony station station safer and more accessible. Project features include:

  • Raised platforms
  • New elevators
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Improved wayfinding and lighting

For details, including the meeting link, visit: https://www.mbta.com/events/2021-10-21/public-meeting-green-line-transformation-symphony-station-accessibility


2. #55 Bus advocacy
If you haven’t yet weighed in, please consider taking a survey on the #55 bus:
Community groups, residents, and Fenway representatives are working on solutions for the MBTA #55 bus line, which was recently cut and then restored to a limited schedule and route.
We hope you will take a short survey to be used in planning the future of the #55 – please share your feedback on how to improve local transit!

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Boston Marathon road closures

Dear Members and Friends,

Please note the City’s announcements regarding road closures for the Boston Marathon:
https://www.boston.gov/news/2021-boston-marathon-traffic-advisory

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We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 9th for the Opening Our Doors festival in Boston’s art + cultural hub, the Fenway Cultural District! 


Performances, activations, art, music, dance, crafts, historic walking tours, nature walks, garden tours, and more. Now in its 20th anniversary year, Opening Our Doors is Boston’s longest running & largest day of free cultural experiences! 

Festival website & schedule: http://www.fenwayculture.org/opening-our-doors

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Dear FCA Members and Friends,
Fenway Civic is happy to join with other members of the Fenway Cares collaborative to promote Community Conversations, a series of online focus groups that seek input to inform investments in the Fenway and Kenmore neighborhood through a partnership of Fenway Health and Fenway CDC.
Please see the information below. We hope you might join one of these three conversations to share what matters to you and how investments in the community might be directed. Dates and links for joining below and flyer is attached.


Saturday, October 2, 202111:00 am – 12:30 pm

RSVP: https://qrco.de/HNOct2

Friday, October 8, 202112:00 pm – 1:30 pm

RSVP: https://qrco.de/HNOct8

Wednesday, October 13, 20217:00 pm – 8:30 pm

RSVP: https://qrco.de/HNOct13

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Dear Members and Friend

Thanks to all of you whose work has kept the 55 bus alive.FCA continues with neighbors, local organizations, and elected representatives to fight for the future of the bus.We hope you will join us this Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. to Ride the #55 – please see details below.

Can’t join, but want to help? Visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/14cKeFMSgGUnRBc7NHqtSLj1QEg_egYA2Fe8yXgCq4QQ/edit?fbclid=IwAR3Uh8tGr_1EPEitEdrk9YaE-TPW-HljkC_F3mGBRq9edZg_xX1F8XvrRVY  for information about leaving your message with the MBTA.

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The week ahead

Dear Members and Friends:


Please see the following announcements – and don’t forget to vote this Tuesday!

1. Tuesday, September 14th, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. citywide: Preliminary Municipal Election Information on voting at: https://www.boston.gov/departments/election Fenway residents will be voting for Mayor, City Councilors At-Large; and for those in District 7, District 7 City CouncilorSome voting locations have changed – to find your polling place visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/myelectioninfo.aspx or see below list (thanks to Sen. Will Brownsberger):

Precinct Location changes

Ward 4Precinct 5New location:SYMPHONY PLAZA EAST334 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, VOTE IN COMMUNITY ROOM
Ward 4Precinct 8New location:SYMPHONY PLAZA WEST333 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, VOTE IN COMMUNITY ROOM.
Ward 4Precinct 10New location:SIMMONS UNIVERSITY – PARK SCIENCE BUILDING 6 AVENUE LOUIS PASTEURVOTE IN LOBBY.

*****  The rest below have the same building, but different room or location within building***** 

Ward 4Precinct 6Same location: (Different entrance and voting room) MATTHEWS ARENA238 SAINT BOTOLPH STREET
Ward 4Precinct 7Same location: (Different entrance and voting room) MATTHEWS ARENA238 SAINT BOTOLPH STREET

2. Wednesday, September 15th 3:30 p.m.: Fenway Cares food distribution Need food or know someone who does? Want to volunteer for a great cause? Join Fenway Cares at 3:30 p.m. at Fenway Community Center (West) and Symphony Community Park (East) for fresh veggies, fruits, grains, and more.Delivery and volunteer sign ups at bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood Volunteers are needed this week! To volunteer, write to fenwaycivic@aol.com

3. Save the Date! Ride the #55 on September 26th @ 2:30 p.m.Come join your neighbors to advocate for your local bus! Up to 30 advocates will ride the #55 at 2:30 p.m. – masks required Meet at the corner of Jersey and Queensberry Street to rally or ride. Can’t join but want to advocate? Call the MBTA: tiny.url/savethe55

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This week’s events and updates

Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Ride the 55 Rally!

Please see the following announcements for the coming week:
1. Indoor Mask Mandate: 
The City of Boston implemented a new indoor mask mandate on August 27th. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/news/new-mask-mandate-frequently-asked-questions


2. Wednesday, September 1st, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares: Need food or know someone who does? Want to volunteer for a great cause?Fenway Cares will be distributing free produce and grains in the East and West Fenway on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.Please see below for more information or visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood

3. Friday, September 3rd, 9-11:30 a.m.: Northeastern University Neighborhood Tree Mulching Event Interested in participating in a neighborhood clean up and helping your urban canopy? Join FCA and Northeastern University Alliance of Civically Engaged Students (ACES) for an East Fenway tree mulching session!Volunteers will meet at the corner of Westland Avenue and Hemenway Street; mulch, gloves, and tools will be provided. Please RSVP to fenwaycivic@aol.com if you’d like to join us! Thank you to Northeastern University for their support of this event.

4. Boston’s Preliminary Municipal Election is September 14th!To learn about early voting by mail or in person, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/vote-early-boston For more information about the election, including your voting location, visit: https://www.boston.gov/voting-boston

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Ride the 55 this Sunday!

Dear Members and Friends:


We invite you to join neighbors, candidates, and elected officials to Ride the 55 this Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
Thanks to the hard work of our representatives and neighbors, the #55 has been restored, but to a reduced schedule and route. Come support your local bus and show why public transit matters for the Fenway!

Details below – see you Sunday!

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Upcoming events August 22 – 29

Dear Members and FriendsPlease see the following events and information for the upcoming week:


8/22 Sunday – Hurricane Henri – storm watch – The AlertBoston system is for residents, businesses, and visitors to the City of Boston. We’ll notify you by phone, text, or email in the event of an emergency. By enrolling in AlertBoston, you’re taking an important step to keep you and your family safe.

Sign up for emergency alerts herehttps://www.boston.gov/departments/emergency-management

8/23 Monday 6-8 p.m – Virtual Public zoom meeting re development

Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed project at 220 Huntington Avenue. This meeting will focus on proposed mitigation as well as the pocket park at 1 Cumberland Street. The meeting will begin with a 30-minute presentation by the development team, followed by a 45-min discussion of the IAG, followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the public. Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/3iQivGF

8/26 6 PM – Virtual Public meeting re bus transportation Better Bus Project open house (on Zoom) on Thursday, August 26th, at 6pm. This will be an opportunity for riders to learn about all initiatives within the Better Bus Project. For more information visit https://www.mbta.com/projects/better-bus-project.You can register for the event here

8/27-8/29 – Berklee Students move-in dates.

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Boylston Street construction notice

Dear Members and Friends,


The Department of Public Works will be performing pavement repairs over the next three Saturdays along Boylston Street in the West Fenway as part of a bike lane project.

Please see the above notice for more details.

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